Nov 24, 2013, 10:26 PM EDT
Let go by the Nationals less than a month ago, Dan Haren has found a new home.
The 11-year veteran has reached a deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers for one year and $10 million. He’ll also have a vesting option for 2015 that kicks in if he reaches 180 innings pitched.
Haren leaves the Nationals after one year with the team, a tenure that ended much better than it started. The right-hander was one of the worst pitchers in all of baseball in the first half of the season. He felt fine physically and was searching inward for answers.
Then, after a cortisone shot and a stint on the disabled list in late June, Haren returned a much different guy. Over his last 15 starts he held a 3.29 ERA and posted a 2.89 mark in five September starts. He became one of the team’s most consistent pitchers and was a big part of their late season turnaround.
Haren finished his one season in Washington 10-14 with a 4.67 ERA through 169 2/3 innings. His one-year deal for $13 million signed last offseason proved to be a mistake, but the 33-year-old could be primed for a rebound. He’s from the West Coast and had some of his best years pitching for the crosstown Angels.
The Nats signed Haren under very similar circumstances, however. In 2012 with the Angels, Haren was injured and ineffective for much of the season before pulling it together towards the end. His strong finish to the year earned him his deal with the Nats, but unfortunately it didn’t work out. The Dodgers will hope he avoids a repeat.
What is quite surprising about the news is how quickly it was done. Haren wasn’t a top name on the free agent market, so there seemed to be no rush. But he ended up signing relatively quickly and got a nice deal along the way. Unless the Dodgers were set on him from the start, he likely had more interest from teams than many had predicted.
FoxSports.com first reported the news. The deal is pending a physical.
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